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Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Library (10000816)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Position Description

Title: Librarian and Visiting Assistant Professor

Location: Oxford, MS

Status: Full-Time Faculty as a Temporary Hire (2 years)


The University of Mississippi Libraries strive to provide innovative services to our students, faculty, and staff.  In support of the ACRL Diversity Alliance Program this position seeks to increase the pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from historically underrepresented groups and follows the structure of their residency positions. This two-year, non-tenure track, appointment provides an opportunity for a recent graduate librarian to develop expertise in a functional area and contribute to an initiative of strategic importance to the Libraries. Visiting assistant professors are fully integrated members of the library faculty performing as entry-level librarians.

This position will provide experience in academic librarianship through a broad range of activities designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in future library positions and contribute fully to the profession. The new faculty member will report to the Assistant Dean for Public Services who will provide oversight and consistency throughout the experience. During the first year the faculty member will participate in teaching, reference, and liaison activities and rotate through the library’s departments. Each rotation will build understanding of the library’s mission, role and structure. During the second year, the faculty member will specialize in a functional area of his or her choosing, and develop a significant project that supports one of the library’s strategic goals.


 The selected applicant will:

  • Work creatively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus;
  • Gain experience in a highly collaborative work environment with access to key decision makers throughout the organization;
  • Work with a dedicated group of University of Mississippi librarians and campus leaders to coordinate and guide professional development, research, and scholarly activities;
  • Serve on library committees as needed;
  • Participate in the ACRL Diversity Alliance network and join the ACRL Residency Interest Group to share ideas, resources, and best practices;
  • Have opportunities to attend professional conferences.


Salary and Benefits

Starting salary is $43,000 with additional professional development funding available.  Benefits include employer-paid portions of medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents. In addition, the UM retirement program includes an employer contribution. UM offers generous paid holiday time off, personal (vacation) and medical leave for most employees. UM was named the state’s healthiest workplace among all Mississippi colleges and universities and offers wellness programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA accredited Master’s degree awarded by the start of appointment;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting the values of diversity and inclusion;
  • Possess a strong interest in academic librarianship;
  • Willingness to support research and instruction services to a diverse clientele;
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment and to take initiative and work independently;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Support and understand the educational mission of a public research university.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or genetic information

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi

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